Summer Research

Anderson Endowments

Anderson Endowment Programs

The Reid and Polly Anderson Endowment was established in 1987 by Reid Anderson (class of 1938) and Polly Anderson.  The purpose of the endowment is three-fold:

  1. Support research opportunities for students through the Anderson Summer Research Assistantships
  2. Award full-tuition academic scholarships in the sciences through the Anderson Scholarship for Excellence in Science
  3. Host a notable speaker in the sciences each year through the Reid and Polly Anderson Lecture Series.

Anderson Summer Research Assistantships

To apply for a summer research assistantship in the sciences, a student writes a proposal to conduct a research project under the guidance of a Denison science faculty member.

Recipients of an assistantship award receive a stipend ($3700 for 2014) and housing costs for 10 weeks, and a small budget for research purposes.  In recent years there have been 28-32 Anderson Research Assistantships awarded each summer. The Anderson Research Assistantships are part of Denison's Summer Scholars Program.

Each Anderson student (and other students conducting research in the sciences) produces a poster about the research activity and presents it at the Summer Science Symposium.

  • Handout of general information on creating and printing an academic poster - How to Make an Academic Poster
  • More detailed information on making and presenting an academic poster at Denison is given during the Poster Making 101 sessions held each summer.  View the detailed information.
  • Need to make your own academic poster?  To request a template for a poster, contact .

Anderson Scholarship for Excellence in Science

Sophomore science majors who are very strong academically are identified and nominated by the science departments usually in January or February. Students are invited to apply and a committee of science faculty reviews the applications (March).  Finalists are interviewed by the faculty committee, which selects the recipient for the scholarship (April). The recipient receives a full tuition award for the junior and senior year and is guaranteed an Anderson Summer Research Assistantship for the summer after the junior year. 

Reid and Polly Anderson Lecture Series

An annual convocation featuring a top scientist. The Anderson’s hoped that the speaker could reach a general audience, but the Anderson Lecture is regarded as the college’s major science lecture of the year and is meant for a broad science audience. The Anderson Lectureship rotates among departments within the Science Division.  Typically the Anderson Lecturer is on campus for 1-2 days, attends a pre-lecture dinner in his/her honor, gives the Anderson Lecture, and visits with a few classes or student groups as coordinated by the host department.

The 2013-2014 Anderson Lecture features Dr. Tyrone Hayes of the University of California - Berkeley. Dr. Hayes is best known for his research into the role played by the herbicide atrazine in the feminization of frogs (turns out that atrazine is an endocrine disruptor). Due to this line of research, Dr. Hayes has actively pushed for better review and regulation of pesticides and other chemicals that humans apply to the environment, as these may adversely affect human health. This Anderson Lecture is hosted by the Biology Department and will occur on February 19, 2014.

Future Schedule:

  • 2013-2014, Department of Biology
  • 2014-2015, Department of Geosciences
  • 2015-2016, Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • 2016-2017, Department of Psychology
  • 2017-2018, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • 2018-2019, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

For more information, please contact Jessica Rettig